How to Access Your WordPress Website on Bluehost
You’ve seen blogs with gorgeous, colorful designs and stunning photography. Now, you can create your own vibrant blog that draws readers in with stunning content, and beautiful design. Thanks to WordPress’ amazing versatility, the sky is the limit when it comes to the themes and plugins you can use to build a functional and stylish blog. In this guide, we will show you the basics of getting your WordPress website up and running on Bluehost so you can start blogging immediately.
Step 1. Register With Bluehost
One of the first steps to creating a WordPress website is to register with Bluehost. Bluehost is currently one of the most popular web hosts because of its amazing customer support and the incredible amount of features it provides. You will get a free domain name when you sign up for Bluehost, and you can install WordPress on their servers with just one click. You can also install a free backup plugin to ensure your content is safe and secure. Once you have WordPress installed on Bluehost, you will need to download and install the WordPress dashboard to create and manage your content.
Step 2. Login To Your WordPress Dashboard
Now that you have WordPress installed on your computer, you can access your dashboard to create and edit content. When you first log in, you will see a screen asking you to choose a password to protect your content. Since we are going to be uploading a lot of content to this blog, we recommend you choose a strong password. You can also choose a username for your site, and you should definitely use a different one than your actual login username on social media websites. Also, click on the security tab and make sure the two-factor authentication is turned on (this is optional but we highly recommend it). After turning on two-factor authentication, whenever you log in to your dashboard, you will see a small security code in the upper right corner of the screen. If someone tries to login to your website with your username and password but doesn’t know the two-factor authentication code, they will be locked out of their account. This is a very useful security feature if you are not sure who exactly is trying to access your account (i.e. a hacker).
Step 3. Choose A Theme For Your Website
The first thing you need to do after logging in is to choose a theme for your website. There are a lot of free themes available online. You can find a variety of themes, from basic templates for bloggers to fully built-out corporate websites. Once you have found the theme you like, click on the purchase link to proceed to the next step.
Step 4. Customize The Layout Of Your Blog
The next step is to customize the layout of your blog. You can find hundreds of free WordPress layouts online that you can use to build your blog. Simply find a layout you like and click on the green icon to customize it. When you are happy with the result, click on the blue icon to publish your changes and create the blog you imagined. While you are on this section of the dashboard, you can also find and install additional plugins that will enhance your blog’s functionality.
Step 5. Add Your Blog’s Photos
Adding photos to your blog is one of the most basic but fundamental steps to creating an engaging blog post. When you install WordPress, it comes with a default image called the WordPress logo. You can replace this logo with photos of your choosing using the image attachment function. There are also a bunch of free image hosting websites like Pixabay that you can use to quickly add images to your blog. You can find images of all sorts (i.e. animals, nature scenes, food, etc.), and there are even some funny memes you can use for a laugh or to add a little humor to your blog.
Step 6. Optimize Your Blog For Search Engines
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of making your blog content easy for search engines like Google to read and understand. You can use free tools like Google’s Structured Data Linter to find errors on your blog and fix them to ensure your content is properly structured for SEO purposes. When designing your blog, you should have in mind that people who are searching for content on Google will probably only read the first few lines of any blog post before skipping over to the next one. Keep this in mind when choosing your blog’s headline and the first few lines of your content.
Now that you have your blog, it’s time to start promoting it. You can learn how to do this from expert marketing blogger Michelle Schroder. In her session “How to Promote Your Blog For Free,” she explains how to use Google Ads, social media platforms, and email marketing to grow a blog into a profitable business.
So, you’ve built your beautiful blog with a theme you’ve picked out and some awesome photos you’ve found on the web. You’ve worked hard to make it something special, and you’ve even optimized it for SEO, but now what? How are you going to find your blog’s audience and drive traffic to it?
Remember: your ability to drive traffic to your blog is completely dependent on the work you’ve put in to make it excellent. To get the most out of your blog’s SEO, you need to regularly post new content (at least once a week) and ensure that your posts are engaging and interesting to your target audience. Once you start receiving traffic from organic search results on Google, you can take this opportunity to learn more about your audience and improve your blog’s content to suit their needs.